Coworking Economics: Collaborative Consumption Screws The Man

Posted by Stuart Warshaw,   Nov 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s not too often when everybody wins, but in the case of coworking, or collaborative office spaces, both the users and the operators can enjoy a beautifully symbiotic relationship. Along with the economics, there’s the collateral benefit of a rich culture that enhances the work experience and frequently helps people’s businesses.

The five top economic reasons to consider when comparing going it alone vs working out of a collaborative space or shared office are:

  1. Lease cost: a large floor is way more economically efficient than renting a small office.
  2. Capital expenditure: a buildout is borne by the operator, not the tenant.
  3. Commitment: a collaborative space is months at most, a lease is a five year minimum.
  4. Security deposit: another meaningful slug of cash for a tenant
  5. Basic services: high speed and redundant internet, copying, scanning, coffee, etc.
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Topics: coworking, collaboration

Why Do You Need a Coworking Space?

Posted by Benjamin Dyett,   Nov 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Because you can't learn anything about business from your dog. 

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Topics: coworking, grindworthy, benjamin dyett, entrepreneurs

Hey Coworking Entrepreneurs! It's OK to Fail!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Nov 17, 2014 4:16:59 PM

Many of our members are on their third, fourth, and fifth startups--some have been huge successes and others haven't, which is why we loved reading Claire Martin's article about FailCon and the growing trend of entrepreneurs wearing their failures on their sleeves.  Read on to see what's sparked the trend. 

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Topics: grindworthy, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs

5 Entrepreneurial Tips that Every Coworking Space Member Should Know

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Nov 13, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Camila Souza of Tech Cocktail rounded up a list of fashion mogul Diane von Fürstenberg's 5 best entrepreneurial lessons and we think they're perfect pieces of advice for the coworking space crowd.  Check out her words of wisdom below and read the full article here!


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Topics: coworking, entrepreneurship, listicles, entrepreneurs

Malcolm Gladwell on the Secret to Building Self-Confidence

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Nov 5, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Feeling down on yourself? According to Malcolm Gladwell and Inc., a lack of self-confidence could be what's holding you back from major success. Read on to see why a sense of self-worth is such a vital part of being a prosperous entrepreneur.

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The 5 Behaviors That Make You a Coworking Space Pro

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 31, 2014 12:54:00 PM

What are the top 5 behaviors that will help you cowork like a pro? Read on to see what our Marketing Coordinator, Cassidy North-Reist, has to say on the subject and check out more helpful articles like this one on 99u!

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How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business?

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 28, 2014 8:17:43 AM

According to Catherine Clifford of, the answer might surprise you. Some of the most successful businesspeople (Vera Wang, Martha Stewart, Dave McClure) didn't get their start until much later in life. Here at Grind, we've got members of all ages, so we were pleased to see the notion that "when it comes to launching a business, what a person may lack in youthful energy comes back multiplied in experience" backed by this inspiring infographic. Real the full article here!

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Topics: grindworthy, entrepreneurs

Benjamin Dyett Tells 'The Dirty Truth'

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 23, 2014 12:16:32 PM

Thanks to Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin of's 'The Big Payoff' for hosting our very own Benjamin Dyett on Tuesday's show. In case you missed it, check out Benjamin's segment ('The Dirty Truth') and hear what makes Grind so different from other coworking spaces.

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Topics: coworking, benjamin dyett, entrepreneurs

10 Incredible Coworking Spaces!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 22, 2014 9:19:00 AM

According to Inc., Grind is one of "10 Incredible Coworking Spaces"--we couldn't agree more! Read the full list here and learn more about how coworking can be beneficial to your business here.

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Topics: coworking

The Big Payoff!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 20, 2014 9:03:00 AM

Don't miss Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett tomorrow morning at 11:30am (CST) on as he chats with Suzanne Muchin and Rachel Bellow of The Big Payoff. He'll be talking Grind and Chicago's business world. You don't want to miss it! Tune in here.

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Topics: coworking, benjamin dyett

The 5 Worst Networking Flops, and How to Recover From Them

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 14, 2014 7:32:00 AM

Beating yourself up for that embarrassing moment you had last week at your Meetup event? Don't sweat it. Mashable has come to the rescue, providing us with 5 tips for recovering from networking flops. Read on and get to networking!

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Topics: listicles, entrepreneurs

Pro-Ject Comes to Grind!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 9, 2014 5:58:00 AM

In the spirit of disruption, Grind recently partnered with Pro-Ject to bring a unique experience to an elite group of influencers in Chicago. With a crowd of 70 amazing influencers from various industries, Pro-Ject and Grind worked together to facilitate connections between people outside of their circles...and the results were incredible. Take a look a the video below to see just how amazing the event was and stay tuned for more Pro-Ject/Grind collabs in the future!

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Topics: coworking, video, benjamin dyett, collaboration

An Entrepreneurial Designer's Guide to a Successful Kickstarter

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 8, 2014 5:44:00 AM

Grind is a community of innovators and entrepreneurs--no strangers to Kickstarter and crowd funding, indeed. And thanks to Fast Company and John Brownlee, now we know how to expertly pull off a successful funding campaign. Check out their tips below!

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Topics: coworking, grindworthy

5 Underrated Pillars of Masterful Emailing

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Oct 1, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Check out Grindist Jeremy Goldman in Inc., teaching us 5 tips for how to stand out from the pack when writing business emails. We certainly will be giving them a go...will you??

1. Be direct.
If your inbox is anything like mine, chances are it's flooded by a ridiculous number of emails per day. Given that, it's imperative that all your outgoing emails have a clear subject line. Also, in the body of the email make sure you get to the point using as few words as possible. Lengthy messages typically scare more people off.

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Topics: grindworthy, listicles

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Sep 25, 2014 7:23:00 AM

"Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of people," according to Jayson Demers. We couldn't agree more. We've got plenty of entrepreneurs working out of Grind and we're constantly inspired by their passion, drive, and distinct approach to work. Check out Jayson's list of "10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently" and get inspired!



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Topics: entrepreneurship, listicles

Benjamin Dyett Talks About Coworking on "The Price of Business"

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Sep 22, 2014 6:43:00 AM

Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett was recently on The Price of Business radio show with Kevin Price and Julie Braun to discuss the future of coworking and what's next for Grind. Check out the interview here and stay tuned for more updates about Grind's new spaces!

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Topics: press and interviews

3 Simple UX Mistakes That You'll Regret

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Aug 27, 2014 1:34:00 PM

With so many startups and tech wizards in our community, we know that website security can be a real point of stress. But Drew Davidson breaks it down for us in Fast Company as he points out three simple UX mistakes that make sites more hackable. Read on to see how you can improve your website security!

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Topics: grindworthy, listicles

Building an Offline Coworking Community

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Aug 7, 2014 11:52:00 AM

In the words of Grind's very own Anthony Marinos, "For so long work has been the place where people transform into someone or something else that is a misrepresentation of who they really are." Grind is working hard to transform this notion and our Director of Sales and Marketing, Anthony Marinos, recently sat down with the good people of Medium to explain how. Check out his interview below!

What is Grind and how are you unique as a coworking space?

We’re a members-only collaborative workspace and coworking community with two locations in New York, one in Chicago, and more on the way in the very near future. We’re unique for a lot of different reasons including the professional diversity of our members (we’re not just tech like most spaces), our modern, open design, and our focus on gender balance among our Grindists. If I had to choose one though, it would be our staff and the customer service we provide on a daily basis. Grind is as much a hospitality company as it is a workspace provider.

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Topics: press and interviews

Life Cycle of an Entrepreneur - Fifth Installment!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Aug 5, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Our Life Cycle of an Entrepreneur series is nearing its end, but we're rounding it out with an awesome fifth installment! This week, our topic of conversation will be Raising Capital and Budgeting Cash Flow. Micaela Brown of the Minority Report will moderate our panel of experts. Get your free tickets here and read on to find out more about our fabulous final panelists. Also, check out the other events from the series: real estate, hiring and compliance, branding and marketing, and business formation.

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Topics: entrepreneurship

Work week's over...Need a Nap?

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jul 25, 2014 1:59:00 PM

We made it through the work week! And here at Grind, Friday afternoons mean one thing...power nap time! At the office debating if you're in need of a midday snooze? Sarah Klein of The Huffington Post shares some tips on how to beak it on to find out if it's time for you to recharge.

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Topics: grindworthy, Well being